Introduction to Philosophy

Acrobatiq Smart Author Content for Introduction to Philosophy presents an overview of the meaning, history, types and models of philosophical thinking and argumentation critical to a solid understanding of Philosophy and its relevance to contemporary life. Early modules introduce methods, components of logic and critical analysis. Additional units tackle the problem of evil, the existence of God, the soul, science ethics, free will, morality and utilitarianism. The courseware includes exploration of Eastern religions, ideas of the “perfect society,” theories of state and human rights, and the meaning of life.

As students interact with the learning activities, learning data is continually collected, analyzed and reported to The Learning Dashboard™, providing educators with real-time actionable insights about how well students are mastering courseware learning objectives.


Intro to Philosophy Includes: 

  • 5 Units 
  • 15 Modules 
  • 48 Learning Objectives 
  • Over 1700 Formative and Summative Assessment Opportunities 
  • Explorations on the meaning of life, logic and branches of philosophy

Unit 1: The Philosophical Perspective

Unit 2: Logic and Critical Thinking

Unit 3: Religion and Ethics

Unit 4: Philosophy and Society

Unit 5: What is the Meaning of Life?

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